This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week’s photo prompt was provided by Sonya from Only 100 Words. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you like it.
Heavy eyes blinked open, the world swimming into focus as awareness returned. He lay among gravestones, head pillowed on ivy as he leant against weathered stone. Morning dew dampened exposed skin. Spring chill gnawed.
He couldn’t remember…
His gaze caught on the filigree branches arching overhead. Thoughts scattered, dispersing like the sunlight dancing in delicate patterns across leaf litter. Lethargy willed him to resume his slumber, to sink into the earth. It would be so easy to close his eyes.
A woman’s face flashed through his mind and he jolted upright. She was… was… The thought drifted, leaving merely an impulse that drove him upright. He teetered on bare feet, only the support of a tree holding him vertical.
With each step away from the graves his mind cleared. Memories slotted into place. He remembered his life: the violence and heartbreak. He remembered Amara: her touch calming his troubled soul. He remembered his death: sinking into the darkness.
“Come back to me,” she’d whispered, her voice laced with ancient power. He couldn’t refuse her anything.
Word Count: 175
Some of you may know that most of my character’s names are chosen for their meaning. Amara means ‘eternal’ in Greek. I’m thinking she must have some interesting abilities…